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“Christmas Carol” Likely to Become a Loudoun Institution

December 8, 2012 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on “Christmas Carol” Likely to Become a Loudoun Institution
The Ghost of Christmas Past (Molly Warndorf) points to memories that Scrooge (Phil Erickson) doesn't want to see. (Photo by Jim Poston.)

By Mark Dewey printed with permission from The Shenandoah Press

There’s a moment in Once Upon A Christmas Carol that appears to be a mismatch. Phil Erickson, who plays Scrooge, is trying to hide from apparitions and regrets, those sisters. He has laid himself back down in his bed and covered his head with the quilts. Molly Warndorf, who plays the Ghost of Christmas Past, has to make him get up. Erickson is an accomplished, prodigious actor whose charisma tends to dominate the stage, and Warndorf is an eighth-grade girl who played a munchkin at Harmony Middle School once. Asking her to bully him would not appear to be a good idea.

I expect the moment to ring false, and I cringe as it approaches because I’ve been liking the play so well and I want to keep liking it, but I doubt a one-time munchkin little girl can generate enough personal power to roust Phil Erickson, even if he cooperates. Why not give that task to somebody like Shawn Malone, who’s bigger than the bed Erickson’s hiding in, and whose experience with Not Just Shakespeare, Inc. is even more substantial than his person? And he’s right there in the middle of the cast — a couple of scenes earlier he picked up Drew Hare and wrapped him around his waist with one arm. I’d make that guy kick Erickson’s butt out of bed. … Continue Reading

Franklin Park Presents “Mame”

November 10, 2012 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Presents “Mame”
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BITWC Imagine That Theatre will present “Mame” on Friday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m., at Franklin Park Arts Center. Tickets are $20.00 for all ages, and can be reserved by calling 540-554-8889. Visit www.franklinparkartscenter.org for more information.

Mame is a musical with the book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Set in New York and spanning the Great Depression and World War II, it focuses on Mame Dennis, whose famous motto is “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.”

A pre-theatre dinner on Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Savoir Fare in Round Hill can be arranged by calling 540-554-8889. $60 includes dinner, tax, gratuity and show ticket—cash bar for beer and wine.

Loudoun Symphony Presents a Chamber Concert

October 21, 2012 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Symphony Presents a Chamber Concert
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The Loudoun Symphony Chamber Players will present a concert on Sunday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m. at the Franklin Park Performing Arts Center in Purcellville. Tickets in advance are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, Children 12 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online at www.loudounsymphony.org

Selections in the concert will include:

  • Charles Huguenin (1870-1939): Wind Trio, Op. 30
    Allen Howe, Clarinet; Jane Hughes, Oboe; William Jokela, Bassoon
  • Mozart: Serenade No. 11 in E-flat Major for Winds, K 375 … Continue Reading

The Growing Stage Presents: The Sound of Music

October 11, 2012 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Growing Stage Presents: The Sound of Music
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Community Theatre Production at Franklin Park Arts Center

The Growing Stage will present Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” at the Franklin Park Arts Center on Friday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 p.m.. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at www.growingstage.org.

The Loudoun foothills are alive with the Sound of Music and the von Trapps are not the only family singing. This fall, Growing Stage Inc. expanded to include adults, attracting families for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s famous hit.

“This is such a great opportunity for families to perform together. What better experience than to sing and dance with your children?” said director Karlah Louis. … Continue Reading

The Polka Dots: Uppity Women

July 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Polka Dots: Uppity Women
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By Carol Morris Dukes

“We are uppity women.”

Sisters Aislin and Nora Kavaldjian are also Polka Dots. If you’re not familiar with them, a brief bio on their website perhaps says it best: “Once upon a time, two girls were born. Soon they started singing. Their friends came over to play. The rest is history.”

Most girls their age are caught up in the traditional mysteries and challenges of adolescence. Aislin and Nora, on the other hand, are focused, driven and deeply committed to a craft. … Continue Reading

Local Songwriter Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders Band Live CD

July 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Local Songwriter Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders Band Live CD
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Features Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Founding Member ­– Les Thompson

By Carol Morris Dukes

In the 15 years of music since leaving his corporate engineering career, singer/songwriter and guitarist Andrew McKnight has heard one question from fans more than any other; “when will you make a live record?”. And the answer always was “when I find the band that I am comfortable with to capture the energy of the songs in a different way than a solo performance,” he says.

That time has arrived with One Virginia Night (OVN), a limited edition live CD and bonus DVD set with his band Beyond Borders, which also features founding Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member Les Thompson. … Continue Reading

Bluemont To Return to Loudoun Courthouse for 31st Year In Leesburg

June 15, 2012 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bluemont To Return to Loudoun Courthouse for 31st Year In Leesburg

The Bluemont Concert Series announces its return to the Old Loudoun Courthouse for its 31st year of summer concerts in Leesburg. The Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra will kick off Bluemonts summer concert series on Sunday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. Bluemont is excited to return to the Old Loudoun Courthouse, located at 18 East Market St., the historic home of Bluemont concerts in Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Lyric Opera Announces Principal Auditions

June 13, 2012 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Lyric Opera Announces Principal Auditions

Loudoun Lyric Opera announces principal auditions for the November 2012 performances of Domenic Cimarosa’s Italian comedy, Il Matrimonio Segreto (“The Secret Marriage”) and principal and chorus auditions for our February 2013 performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta, The Mikado.

Auditions will take place on Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Leesburg United Methodist Church, 107 West Market Street, Leesburg, VA. Singers are asked to bring one song in English if auditioning for The Mikado. Professional singers are asked to bring an additional aria in Italian from the late 1700’s if they are also auditioning for Il Matrimonio Segreto. An accompanist will be provided. There is a $10 accompanist fee for principal role auditions, but no charge for students and choristers. Please bring sheet music. … Continue Reading

Melissa Wright, the Burgoo and the Return to Roots Music

June 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle 3 comments
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By Carol Morris Dukes

Bluegrass music is intrinsic to our area. Virginia natives have a long and storied relationship with that special sound that found its roots in our Celtic ancestors who originally populated the Appalachian regions of our country. In spite of that history and connection, mountain music, our regional “Roots” music, is not a genre with a mass following; least of all from the under 30’s crowd. But wait a minute, folks. We in Northern Virginia can run—but we can’t hide from our hillbilly legacy. … Continue Reading

Dark Tide (2012)

June 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dark Tide (2012)

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Very Disappointing

Shark Whisperer Kate (Halle Berry) needs to go back into the water to pay bills. She lost a crewman years ago and blames herself. She takes on Brady (Ralph Brown) a millionaire who wants to swim with the great whites, but outside the cage. This can’t be good. … Continue Reading

LONESTAR to Headline Clarke County Fair Bluegrass Highlight: Dailey & Vincent

June 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on LONESTAR to Headline Clarke County Fair Bluegrass Highlight: Dailey & Vincent
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Multi-platinum country music group, LONESTAR, will be the feature entertainment at the 58th Annual Clarke County Fair on August 18 in Berryville. The Texas-bred band is on a 20th anniversary tour and is known both for their strong country roots as well as their multi-genre crossover appeal that has led to success on the pop/rock charts. Lonestar has had an impressive list of hit singles on the country charts, including ten #1 hits such as “Amazed”, “No News”, “What About Now”, “Mr. Mom” ,“Tell Her” and “I’m Already There.”

Lonestar will perform the closing evening of the Clarke County Fair on Saturday, August 18 at 8:30 p.m. Track seats cost $30 and grandstand seats cost $25. Tickets go on sale June 2 at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds and will be available at the Fair Ticket Office every Saturday and Sunday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tickets can also be ordered via mail. For tickets and information call 540-955-2530 or 540-955-3755 or visit www.clarkecountyfair.org for an order form. Ticket prices do not include the gate admission of $7. … Continue Reading

Couple Partners With Franklin Park to Host Concerts

June 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Couple Partners With Franklin Park to Host Concerts
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By Carol Morris Dukes

Cheryl and Bill Bunce were avid music lovers before they met, but their shared enthusiasm and similar musical tastes brought them together both as a couple, and as partners in their new production venture, Buncearoo.

With a superb entertainment venue located at Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, the Bunce’s decided to bring headlining musicians to Purcellville, blending well-known national talents with local burgeoning musicians, under the auspices of their own production company.

Their idea not only brings star attractions to our area, but promotes the rising talents of local musicians by allowing them to open for these acts—-a boon for the rising swell of outstanding area artists. … Continue Reading

Bag It—Is Your Life Too Plastic?

May 24, 2012 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Bag It—Is Your Life Too Plastic?
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Award Winning Film at Franklin Park Arts Center

The Purcellville Committee on the Environment in conjunction with the American Conservation Film Festical will be showing the award-winning film, “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” on Friday, June 15 at the Franklin Park Arts Center. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. – tickets $5 at the door. We guarantee you’ll be surprised just how plastic your life really is. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 540-338-7973. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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Events

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Chef Sebastian Oveysi's Saffon Gourmet Food Truck at North Gate VIneyard

Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Live Music: Connor Duffy at North Gate Vineyard

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Dinner and a Dive In

Creedence Clearwater

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Emily Guagliardi Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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